Khanyi MbauSince Mfundi Vundla axed sixteen Generations actors last month, in a dispute over salary increases, one of the actresses who made headlines is Khany Mbau, who claims she earned R80 000 per month while she played Doobsie on Muvhango soapie.

Khanyi’s claim didn’t sit well with the creator of SABC2 soapie, Duma ka Ndlovu, who took to his Facebook account to address claims made by Mbau on Wednesday.

His full statement reads:
KHANYI MBAU; MUVHANGO; R80 000

I have watched a clip of this interview over and over again, (with Khanyi Mbau saying that she was paid R80 000 a month playing Doobsie in Muvhango 10years ago), trying to search for answers. She speaks with so much confidence she sounds as though she believes herself! The more I watch her the more I am disturbed, because she is a reflection of our society and how low we have sunk.

Khanyi has always wanted to hog the public space, and at times I have admired how she has managed to sell/market herself. However a number of factors are at play here that make Khanyi’s posturing a bit dangerous!

The Public broadcaster is engaged with the producers of Generations and the 16 actors in efforts to come to an amicable solution about their demands for higher wages. Standing on soap boxes and telling brazen lies is not going to help the cause. Let’s remember that production houses, and the SABC, have records of who is paid what and when.

There is no production house in South Africa, today in 2014, that can pay a young inexperienced teenager R80 000, today, let alone in 2004. We as a production house have met with the SABC several times (with some of our actors) to talk about salary parity across the industry and are hoping that some progress will be made in that regard. The side voices that are trying to get attention on this matter should tell the truth or shut the hell up, because they will not help the debate.

There is no industry person, in their right mind, who can revel and enjoy the impasse that is happening between Generations and the Actors, we are all praying for a speedy resolution. This is not a time for populism and people who want to put their faces on television and newspapers…

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Duma Ka Ndlovu
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Born in Orlando West, Soweto, South African, Duma ka Ndlovu is a filmmaker, poet, playwright, journalist, and TV producer.He was professor of African history and African-American literature at New York's Stoneybrook University in the eighties and between 1996 and 2004 he was chairman of the SA Music Awards (SAMA).

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